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I like strange knobs...shows us yours.

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by edpal, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. edpal

    edpal Banned

    Oct 3, 2007
    Yeah, yeah, stickers too.....:D
    The EQ knobs are from WWII tank radio, the big guy is from a ham radio.
  2. I am totally all about the chicken heads. (which I didn't realise they were called until someone called them that on here).

    Its nice to be able to 'feel' where they are at easily. 'Pointed right up for this tone' and so on.

  3. edpal

    edpal Banned

    Oct 3, 2007
    I like those! Those look like vintage old-school chicken heads with the collar at the bottom. I have some like that on another bass. And yes, I like them for the visual orientation effect - I set mine so the detent point (midpoint of travel) places them straight at the bridge like in my pic, volume is full on when pointed at headstock. :bassist:
  4. Thanks, I did have these chicken heads pictured below on it until a week ago. Then I stumbled across those much nicer ones at my local Hackspace (We actually have a small crate just full of potentiometer knobs).

  5. edpal

    edpal Banned

    Oct 3, 2007
    I like the old style with the bottom skirt as they are less likely to catch o your hand if you reach down for a quick partial turn.

    Admittedly the ones I just put on are pretty pointy and I may regret them. I too have a small bin of strange knobs. Just put some different knobs on my Ampeg SVT7 - darn pointers were just too hard to see in many light conditions.
  6. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    I had chicken head knobs on my P bass for quite a while. You guys both have really cool knobs.
    I'm going to love this thread.
  7. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
  8. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Cool tank knobs Edpal! I want panzer knobs now; GAS!
  9. I totally let out a little squeal when I found the old style ones. I enjoyed the previous ones, but these are just a complete cut above.

    Its a shame we only have two people posting photos of their knobs so far though. :(
  10. edpal

    edpal Banned

    Oct 3, 2007
    Eh, seems most people don't care or won't bother. And listening for adjustment is not an option imo once ear fatigue sets in.

    I'd like to see your whole bass - that pickguard is radical!!
  11. Dug2

    Dug2 Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    hahahaha! right on!

    cool thread, my only knob change was the chicken-head style on my ebs t90 head. its comes with black, i changed em to red
  12. Interspace Station

    Interspace Station The Director at THE SPACEPORT Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    New York

  13. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    These are recording console knobs (service extras) from a Quad 8 Coronado console, had to drill them bigger to fit...

    Here's what the console looked like...

    I've got some Rogan knobs that I've used on modular stuff, probably hard to see here, look at the top middle modules, would be fun to put 'em on a bass...
  14. PhillipCarr


    Mar 3, 2014
    I worked at Firey Bros Music in Tulsa in high school. While I was there, someone released a line of Star Wars helmet knobs. I wish I'd gotten the Boba Fett one now. Just plain stock knobs for me :(
  15. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    Please tell me where you got those! I have an ATK 300 as well and I really like that look!
  16. Dug2

    Dug2 Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011
  17. Doctor_Clock

    Doctor_Clock The Moon Machine Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2013
    Brooklyn, NY
    Not too strange, but I like them. Wood knobs on my '94 Stingray
  18. Sure, here it is before the new chicken heads.

    And here it is with the much nicer chicken heads, a pattern inserted behind the pick guard and a new strap.

    I rebuilt, repainted and fixed the whole thing up from scratch, including finishing the fretless conversion properly.

    I posted it on here a while back - http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f18/tortured-fender-p-bass-repair-1006381/

    You may notice an extra flip switch on the control cavity, you will have to go browse the original thread to find out what it does :)
  19. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Queens, NY
    I'm not sure if these fall under the category of strange, but I do find them interesting.
    They are used dice from the craps table a Las Vegas casino. The company that makes them buys them from the casino after they "retire" the dice from the playing tables.

    You can then ask for the dice to made into a knob with either a flat side showing (as mine are), in which case you can request which specific number(s) you want on top, or you can have them drilled out at one of the points, so the die (dice) look like they are standing on end.

    After drilling them out so that they an slip over shaft of the pot, they also drill out a hole and install a set screw to lock them down.